Comments submitted to the MoEF&CC on the Draft EIA Notification 2020

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) published the draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 2020 on its website for public comments on 12th March 2020.   The new draft weakens an already weak environmental assessment and clearance regime i.e. EIA Notification 2006. To push this through when the whole country is under lock down and there is little chance of public consultation on the new draft especially among communities who are not connected on internet or do not follow English is totally unacceptable. We join the call given by many others to MoEFCC to withdraw the draft.

However, in the likely event that this does not happen, Manthan Adhyayan Kendra has reviewed the draft and prepared comments, objections and recommendations in three parts, namely:

Part 1: Comments specific to provisions related to Inland Waterways.

Part 2: Comments related to restructuring of the EIA/EC process and amendments needed in Draft 2020 Notification for the same.

Part 3: Additional comments on specific clauses / section of the Draft Notification 2020

Part 1 and Part 2 of our comments have been sent to the Ministry on 29th April 2020. Part 3 will be uploaded soon.

To view the comments sent by us, please click on the respective titles above (Part-1, Part-2 & Part-3)

Date of Submission: 29th April 2020